Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s) Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Hone Your Technical Skills. Enhance Your Career Prospects.


The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program offered through Northeastern University College of Professional Studies provides students with the opportunity to develop strengths in the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, and management of modern information technology systems.

Courses cover the critical technology areas of programming for traditional, Web, and mobile applications, and for networking, database, and information security. This provides the breadth of knowledge needed to develop maintain and support modern applications. In addition, the curriculum includes courses focused on key business areas needed to integrate and manage technology and technology projects in the workplace.    

Graduates of the IT program at the College of Professional Studies have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, abilities, and hands-on skills that are valuable to employers. Through concentration areas, students can focus on skills used in the professional areas of applications development, Web and multimedia design, systems and network Administration, database administration, and business analysis

Format: The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is also available in an 18-month, fast-track format for students transferring into the College of Professional Studies with an associate degree or equivalent credits. For more information, visit our Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Information Technology page.

Career Outlook


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in information technology is expected to grow much faster than average, and job prospects should be excellent.

While the field continues to be very robust, computer network, systems, and database administrators—particularly those with college degrees—are expected to enjoy the best opportunities.

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Learn why the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a good fit for you; watch our recent webinar on the program.


Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.

 

Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.


Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:

 

ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.


Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.


Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY

 

Suggested courses:

 

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.


Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:

 

HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:

 

HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.

 

Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.


*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Curriculum

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study. 

The B.S. in Information Technology program has specific requirements to be taken in the core.  The following core courses are required choices for this degree:

Diversity (3 q.h.)

MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World  3 q.h. 


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

Choose one of the following:                                                                                       .

ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools   3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management  3 q.h. 


Mathematics (6 q.h.)

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1   3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h. 

*Calculus or similar higher level math courses may be used to fulfill this core requirement.

Ethical and Political Perspectives:  (3 q.h.) 

PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h. 


The remaining Core Curriculum credits are not specified by the BS in Information Technology program and may be selected by the student from any courses within the Core Curriculum guidelines.

 

Foundation Courses (21 q.h.)

Complete 6 credits from the following prefixes:

ANT , ART, BIO, BTC, CHMCMNECNENG, ESCHSTMTHSOC, PHYPOLPSY 6 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

ACC 1001 Financial Accounting 1 3 q.h.
ACC 1110 Accounting Basics for Managers 3 q.h.


Complete the following courses:

FIN 2110 Finance Basics for Managers 3 q.h.
ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2550 Technology and Applications of Discrete Mathematics 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer interaction 3 q.h.


Major Courses (52 q.h.)

Complete the following courses:

MIS 1101 Structured Systems Analysis and Design 1    3 q.h.
MIS 1102 Structured Systems Analysis and Design 2 3 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

ITC 1305 Operating Systems Concepts 3 q.h.
ETC 3463 Operating Systems 3 q.h.

Introductory IT Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

MIS 1245 Net Security and Legal Issues    3 q.h.
ITC 2002 Programming 1 3 q.h.
ITC 2307 Programming 2 3 q.h. 
ITC 1251  Network Foundations 1  3 q.h. 
ITC 1252  Network Foundations 2  3 q.h. 
ITC 1240 Web, Mobile, and Emerging Platforms 1  3 q.h. 

Choose one of the following courses:

ITC 3001 Database Management Systems 3 q.h.
ETC 3271 Introduction to Databases 3 q.h.

Advanced IT Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

ITC 2811 Advanced Application Development  3 q.h.
ITC 2253 Network Security 3 q.h.
ITC 3020 Advanced Database Technologies 3 q.h. 
ITC 2254  Web, Mobile, and Emerging Platforms 2  3 q.h. 
ITC 3256  Information Security Management 3 q.h. 

Capstone IT Courses

Taken after completion of Advanced IT courses, generally at the end of the student's program. Complete the following courses:

ITC 4820 IT Project Management  3 q.h.
ITC 4995 Practicum 4 q.h.

 

ITC Specialization/Elective courses (15 q.h.)

Complete 15 credits of ITC electives. Students who wish to take a specialization may choose approved non-ITC electives to earn one of the specialization area(s) shown below.


Specialization in Web and Multimedia

Complete five of the following courses:

ART 1001 Introduction to Art 3 q.h. 
ART 2111 Designing Digital Visual Interfaces 3 q.h.
ART 2112 Designing Web Graphics 2 3 q.h.
ITC 1120 Web Site Design 3 q.h.
ITC 2121 Advanced Web Site Design 3 q.h.
ITC 2205 Multimedia for the Web 3 q.h. 
ITC 2213  Database Web Sites with PHP/MySQL  3 q.h. 
ITC 2220 Web Services Development  3 q.h. 

Specialization in Database Technologies

Complete 15 credits as specified below. If you have been conditionally admitted to the Master of Professional Studies degree in Informatics, consult your adviser about graduate-level courses that you may take to fulfill this specialization.

ETC 2101 Introduction to C++/Data Structures 3 q.h.
ETC 3343
Oracle Fundamentals 1 3 q.h.
ETC 2103 Data Structure Applications in C++ 3 q.h.
ITC 2213 Database Web Sites with PHP/MySQL 3 q.h. 

Choose one of the following:

ITC 2320 SQL: Introduction to Structured Query Language 3 q.h.
ETC 3341 Oracle SQL Programming 4 q.h.

Specialization in Computer Information Infrastructure

Complete 15 credits as specified below. If you have been conditionally admitted to the Master of Science degree in Project Management, or Master of Professional Studies degree in Informatics, consult your adviser about graduate-level courses that you may take to fulfill this specialization.

ITC 2610
   OR
ETC 3465
Unix System Overview
   OR
Unix Operating System
3 q.h.

3 q.h.
ITC 2620
Unix System Administration 3 q.h.
ETC 1017 Introduction to Computer Hardware 3 q.h.
ETC 2415 A+ Core Hardware Servicing 3 q.h. 
ETC 2417 A+ Operating Systems Technology 3 q.h. 
ETC 3311 MCSE Professional Administration  4 q.h. 
ETC 3313  MCSE Server Administration  4 q.h. 
ETC 3315  MCSE Network Administration 4 q.h. 
ETC 3317  MCSE Directory Service Administration  4 q.h. 

Specialization in Applications Development

Choose 15 credits from the following courses:

ITC 1230 PC Database Software  3 q.h. 
ITC 2320
   OR
ETC 3341
SQL: Introduction to Structured Query Language
   OR
Oracle SQL Programming
3 q.h.

3 q.h.
ITC 2213 Database Web Sites with PHP/MySQL 3 q.h. 
ITC 2220  Web Services Development 3 q.h. 
ETC 1101
Introduction to C++ Programming 3 q.h.
ETC 1103 C++ Application Development 3 q.h.
ETC 3121 Assembly Language 3 q.h. 
ETC 2101 Introduction to C++/Data Structures 3 q.h. 
ETC 2103  Data Structure Applications in C++ 3 q.h. 

Specialization in Business Systems

Choose 15 credits from the following courses:

MGT 1001 Dynamics of Business 1 3 q.h.
MGT 1002
Dynamics of Business 2 3 q.h.
CMN 2051 Professional Speaking 3 q.h.
OPM 1130 Basics of Supply Chain Management 3 q.h. 
HRM 2101 Organizational Behavior  3 q.h. 
MIS 1255  Electronic Commerce Systems  3 q.h. 
TRN 1002  Logistics  3 q.h. 
LDR 1201  Assessing Your Leadership Capability  3 q.h. 

Minor Option for Specialization in Business Systems:

Students who choose MGT 1001, MGT 1002, and HRM 2101 might wish to consider earning a Minor in Business. Please check with your academic adviser for specific information.

Students who choose MGT 1001, MGT 1002, and LDR 1201 may wish to consider earning a Minor in Management. Please check with your academic adviser for specific information.

 

Open Electives (39 q.h.)

 

Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $60,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in information technology and improve their aptitude for quantitative methods, programming, web and multimedia design, system and network administration, networking, and security.

Candidates for this program may be interested in pursuing a career in:

  • Computer network, systems, or database administrator
  • information systems scientist or analyst
  • Computer engineer
  • Web or multimedia designer
  • Networking or security specialist

Learning Outcomes

Learning Objectives

  1. Problem-solving
    Demonstrate problem-solving abilities that utilize a range of information and communications technologies.

  2. Technology skills
    Demonstrate an ability to use current computing tools and technologies to design and implement a systems component or process that meets requirements.

  3. Communications
    Demonstrate the ability to communicate with a range of groups and individuals to develop a common understanding of the impact of Information Technology solution approaches.

  4. Society and technology
    Demonstrate the ability to analyze ethical, legal, and social impacts of information technologies in a societal and global business environment.

  5. Life-long learning
    Identify and discuss opportunities for continuing professional development.

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